Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool
Summary The new Arena and Convention Centre on Liverpool’s Kings Waterfront forms a focal point for the city’s Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008, providing a multipurpose 10,000 seat arena, conference centre with 1,350 seat auditorium, and a 7,600m2 exhibition facility supported by two hotels, a multi-storey car park and major new public piazza. Context King’s Waterfront, to the south west of Liverpool’s city centre, is a highly sensitive site, created by the infilling of Liverpool’s famous, but now inactive docks and the clearance of associated buildings. The site, part of the historic river frontage to the Mersey, is important in both historic and visual terms, being adjacent to the listed (and now regenerated) Albert Dock and the Three Graces to the north. These, together with further historic buildings to the east at Wapping Dock, form Liverpool’s Maritime Mercantile City World Heritage Site, recognised by UNESCO in 2004. These constraints imposed significant parameters in the development of the design and ongoing consultation with the Local Authority, English Heritage and other consultees. Brief/Architectural Solution Whilst the original brief for the project suggested that the arena and conference centre would be two separate structures, our competition scheme proposed that the optimum arrangement would be to organise these elements as a single complex, with direct links to supporting facilities such as hotels and car parks. The design solution therefore places two related, sculptural forms on either side of a glazed


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